PADI Scuba Diver Course

£395 / 2 Days / 2 OW Dives

The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you   ̶ particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that’s your ultimate goal.  


PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.

  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.

  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.


To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba Diving program.

What Will I Learn? The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:


  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving – just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.

  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills – just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course

  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore – just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.

What’s Included? The course fee includes everything you need to become a certified PADI Scuba Diver: course materials, kit hire, instruction and certification fee.


Red Duck will provide all the scuba equipment you’ll be using including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank. When you are diving in the sea, an 8mm semi-dry suit will be provided to maximise your enjoyment and comfort.


You will need to bring your swimming costume/shorts, a towel and warm clothes for after. Red Duck will provide you with a hot drink and a snack post sea dives.


You will receive a Crewpack containing the PADI Open Water Diver manual, the PADI Open Water Diver DVD, PADI Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) and Instructions, PADI Divers Logbook & Training Record, Student Record File and PADI Crewpack Bag. 


Upon successful completion of your PADI Scuba Diver course, you will receive your certification card – internationally recognised and allows you to dive worldwide with a Padi professional to 12m.


How Do I Book? Book your adventure today by calling Red Duck Diving on 07927 400 723 or email us. There are two ways of studying:


Either: Get started by registering for Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option. The web-based system gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an easy-to-use, interactive program. You only need to complete the first three sections, but have a year to complete the whole program if you choose to go on to earn your PADI Open Water Diver certification.


Or: There are other home-study materials you can choose from including the Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) and the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video. Enroll with Red Duck and get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your Red Duck PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions, confined water and open water dives.


You need complete a medical statement form and PADI liability release form. Red Duck will send these electronically to you when you enroll upon your course. If you answer yes on the medical statement, you will need to see a doctor to ensure you are fit to dive.


What’s Next? Upgrade to PADI Open Water - most of the hard work is done!

Sign up within a month of certification to receive a discount on your upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver course once you have completed the PADI Scuba Diver course with Red Duck Diving.


 I am already a PADI Scuba Diver.

  How do I upgrade my certification

  to the PADI Open Water Diver?


  • Your instructor will preassess your diving knowledge and skills, and

    practice as necessary.

  • You will complete either a 200 metre/yard continuous surface swim

    or 300 metre/yard

    swim with mask, snorkel and fins.

  • You will then complete the balance of the Open Water Diver course:

    a. Knowledge Development 4-5 including Quiz 4 and the Final Exam.

    b. Confined Water Dives 4-5, and all remaining Dive Flexible Skills.

    c. 2 Open Water Dives